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In the Shadow of Her Hem (The Jade Owl Legacy Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

Edward C. Patterson
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“China Hands! To Me!” A green fog has engulfed the Wei River Valley. The First Emperor’s tomb is mysteriously rumbling. The Big Goose Pagoda is glowing like a lighthouse. And to blame? A bunch of Americans stranded in the consulate at Bei-jing, who, at the end of the last installment, came bursting through a portal in the People’s History Museum. “China Hands! To Me!” With that command, Rowden Gray has summoned his forces to return to the action - to the Dragon’s Pool in the shadow of Her hem, where the Jade Owl’s overlord commands an army of creatures, engineering the end of the world; or at least, the world, as we know it.

In this last book of The Jade Owl Legacy, our mixed bag of adventurers face their greatest challenge. They must negotiate the perils of the People’s government, the mysteries of the Palace of Broken Dreams, the dangers of the Ghost Lands and the mythic realm of the Classic of Mountains and Seas. Their odyssey delivers them to the final showdown — the Battle of the Full Moon, where all mysteries are revealed and every threat is settled. What began as a Sinologist’s dream converges on everyone’s nightmare. The Jade Owl calls you, but so does the muster to arms. Heed them both, but answer only one. “China Hands! To Me!”

The Jade Owl Legacy is a five book series. The first book (The Jade Owl) introduces a peculiar quest led by Professor Rowden Gray and a rag-tag team who follow a mysterious thread of instructions to thwart an ancient Chinese prophesy. Instead, they managed to set off events, igniting the crisis. Two demons, which possess a relic known as the Jade Owl, each in turn, after eons of imprisonment, test their land legs among the living. In The Third Peregrination, the Destroyer takes his turn with wrath and fire. In The Dragon’s Pool, the Great Marshal takes his spin, preparing the way for a curious ritual that will restore the world to a prehistoric state. To combat these spirits, our heroes acquire extraordinary powers in an attempt to thwart destiny’s course. However, destiny is not easily thwarted. In The People’s Treasure, all hell breaks loose as our heroes are manipulated to serve destiny’s course to fulfill the prophesy. However, In the Shadow of Her Hem, they bounce back against insurmountable odds and fight to save life from ultimate destruction. From San Francisco to New York, from Florence to China with her many faces, the Jade Owl proclaims an ancient evil that intends to triumph. This is the story of the brave hearts who rise to the challenge to tangle with the dark forces of yin.


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  • File Size: 1091 KB
  • Print Length: 600 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1478203064
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dancaster Creative (July 6, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008I9IS22
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,963 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the best July 26, 2012
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It is hard when you know the book you hold in your hands, or see on your Kindle will be the last book of its series.
You try to slow the progress of your reading, but you look up and it's the wee hours of the morning and you just couldn't help yourself but read.
Edward Patterson is not only a prolific author, he has written my favorite book series, starting with The Jade Owl.

His background and research on Sinology is amazing. One could not hope for a more fact filled book about China and the archeology and people who with honor study and discover valuable treasures to share with the world.

Rowden Gray is a Sinologist, and while in San Fransisco, goes to his mentor and professor, John Battle's offices.
He meets Nick Battle, one of the most delightful characters written, who is John Battle's son (one of them). His partner is a delightful head drag queen in a club, Simone.

Nick has access to one of Battle's top discoveries, the Jade Owl, a magnificent little owl with powers that mortals can only imagine.

Soon, Rowden, Nick, and his band of China Hands go on series of journies to China, Italy, etc. for that little owl. Nicky Battle gets 'bonded' with the little owl, and he disappears, and becomes part of the Destroyer.

In the fifth book of the series, all China Hands have gathered together to hopefully save Nicky. This is a meteoric book - going in speed of sound action. It melds dimensions, times, legendary characters, the terra cotta army, and literally all heck breaks loose! Mr. Patterson leads us into the best adventure of them all - Do the China Hands live? What happens to the characters we have come to love and be protective of?

To describe the ending, what would not do it justice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a finish January 26, 2014
By Cathy
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Like the rest of the Jade Owl series, this one is filled with adventure and magicial mystery. The five China Hands have grown to a bigger band with the chi influencing many friends. All are needed to help save the "day" and all do there jobs. Of course a few villains come into play. Audrey finally has a role to play( I've been waiting for her to take an active part). The ends comes with a few surprises and as we all can see, day is still here. This is one series I have really enjoyed and can recommend to all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! August 23, 2012
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This book was a great wrap-up to this series of wonderful reads! Knowing that it was the final book made me want to read more slowly and make it last longer, but at the same time, I could not put it down because so many things were happening and there was so much excitement that I just HAD to continue. WOW!

Thanks so much Ed, we, your fans want to tell you that your writing keeps us going late into the night.

Ed is also finally learning how to use the 2 words "past" and "passed" - I only noticed 2 distracting errors in this latest book. Keep studying their use Ed.
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Edward C. Patterson has been writing novels, short fiction, poetry and drama his entire life, always seeking the emotional core of any story he tells. With his eighth novel, The Jade Owl, he combines an imaginative touch with his life long devotion to China and its history. He has earned an MA in Chinese History from Brooklyn College with further postgraduate work at Columbia University. A native of Brooklyn, NY, he has spent four decades as a soldier in the corporate world gaining insight into the human condition. He won the 2000 New Jersey Minority Achievement Award for his work in corporate diversity. Blending world travel experiences with a passion for story telling, his adventures continue as he works to permeate his reader's souls from an indelible wellspring.

His novel No Irish Need Apply was named Book of the Month for June 2009 by Booz Allen Hamilton's Diversity Reading Organization. His Novel The Jade Owl was a finalist for The 2009 Rainbow Awards.

Published Novels by Edward C. Patterson include No Irish Need Apply, Bobby's Trace, Cutting the Cheese, Surviving an American Gulag, Turning Idolater, Look Away Silence, Oh, Dainty Triolet, The Road to Grafenwöhr, The Jade Owl (Jade Owl Legacy Series Book I), The Third Peregrination (Jade Owl Legacy Series Book II), The Dragon's Pool (Jade Owl Legacy Series Book III), The People's Treasure (Jade Owl Legacy Series Book IV), In the Shadow of Her Hem (Jade Owl Legacy Series Book V), the Southern Swallow Series (Book I - The Academician, Book II - The Nan Tu, Book III - Swan Cloud, Book IV - The House of Green Waters), and The Farn Trilogy (Book I - Belmundus).

Coming soon: The Southern Swallow Series (Book V -- Vagrants Hollow), The Farn Trilogy (Book II - Boots of Montjoy and Book III - The Adumbration of Zin), and Green Folly.

Look also for Dearest Flower of My Heart -- Mail Call from Two Generations, Plum Flower Journey and The Sapphire Astonishment - A Nick Firestone Mystery.

Poetry books available are The Closet Clandestine: a queer steps out and Come, Wewoka & Diary of Medicine Flower. Pacific Crimson -- Forget Me Not

Also - Non-fiction: Are You Still Submitting Your Work to a Traditional Publisher? and A Reader's Guide to Author's Jargon and Other Ravings from the Blogosphere.

Edward C. Patterson is the proud founder of Operation eBook Drop, a member of Kboards, The Gay & lesbian Writers and Readers Group. He is a Veteran, US Army 1966-68. He has guest blogged extensively and has appeared on the Bobby Ozuna - Soul of Humanity Show.

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